Trio ready for ad­ven­ture as they head to Ger­many

Gloucestershire Echo - - CITIZEN -

THREE Na­tional Star stu­dents are pre­par­ing for a trip of a life­time to Ber­lin to work with chil­dren with spe­cial needs.

Glenda Bird, Ernie Al­liband and Alec Davies will run coach­ing ses­sions in adapted volleyball at Biesal­ski School in Ber­lin in May.

Na­tional Star, a spe­cial­ist col­lege for young peo­ple with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties and learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, is work­ing with the Ger­man school as part of the Eras­mus Project.

For the trio the ex­pe­ri­ence will take a great deal of prepa­ra­tion work, not just with their coach­ing ses­sions but mak­ing the trip and cop­ing with dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments.

Alec, 21, finds it chal­leng­ing to cope with un­fa­mil­iar sit­u­a­tions. He needs the struc­ture to help him to feel safe and con­fi­dent.

The Na­tional Star team are work­ing with Alec pre­par­ing ‘now and next’ cards with pic­tures of where he will visit in Ger­many. The se­ries of pic­ture sto­ries will help Alec un­der­stand what it will be like in Ber­lin.

For Glenda, 22, who uses a power wheel­chair it will be her first ever trip to Europe and her first flight.

“I’ve never done coach­ing be­fore so I am a bit nervous but I think the trip will make me more con­fi­dent,” she said.

“Some­times when I am with a group I get shy and speak qui­etly. After the coach­ing I hope I will con­fi­dent enough to speak louder and be heard.”

“This will be an in­cred­i­ble learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in many ways, not least trav­el­ling around a dif­fer­ent city and cop­ing with what that can en­tail,” said Julian Ralph, foun­da­tion pro­grammes and en­rich­ment co-or­di­na­tor at Na­tional Star.

“Not only will they de­velop their in­de­pen­dence skills, this ex­pe­ri­ence will help them grow in con­fi­dence and meet peers from an­other coun­try.”

The Eras­mus Pro­gramme is a Euro­pean Union stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme. Ear­lier this year six pupils and two staff from the Biesal­ski School in Ber­lin vis­ited Na­tional Star and coach­ing ses­sions in wheel­chair foot­ball.

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